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Learn Three.js - Fourth Edition

By : Jos Dirksen
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Learn Three.js - Fourth Edition

By: Jos Dirksen

Overview of this book

Three.js has become the industry standard for creating stunning 3D WebGL content. In this edition, you’ll learn about all the features of Three.js and understand how to integrate it with the newest physics engines. You'll also develop a strong grip on creating and animating immersive 3D scenes directly in your browser, reaping the full potential of WebGL and modern browsers. The book starts with the basic concepts and building blocks used in Three.js and helps you explore these essential topics in detail through extensive examples and code samples. You'll learn how to create realistic-looking 3D objects using textures and materials and how to load existing models from an external source. Next, you'll understand how to control the camera using the Three.js built-in camera controls, which will enable you to fly or walk around the 3D scene you've created. Later chapters will cover the use of HTML5 video and canvas elements as materials for your 3D objects to animate your models. You’ll learn how to use morph targets and skeleton-based animation, before understanding how to add physics, such as gravity and collision detection, to your scene. Finally, you’ll master combining Blender with Three.js and creating VR and AR scenes. By the end of this book, you'll be well-equipped to create 3D-animated graphics using Three.js.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Part 1: Getting Up and Running
Part 2: Working with the Three.js Core Components
Chapter 5: Learning to Work with Geometries
Part 3: Particle Clouds, Loading and Animating Models
Part 4: Post-Processing, Physics, and Sounds


We discussed a lot in this second introductory chapter. We showed the functions and properties of THREE.Scene and explained how you can use these properties to configure your main scene. We also showed you how to create geometries. You can either create them from scratch using a THREE.Buffergeometry object or use any of the built-in geometries Three.js provides. Finally, we showed you how to configure the two main cameras Three.js provides. THREE.PerspectiveCamera renders a scene using a real-world perspective, and THREE.OrthographicCamera provides the fake 3D effect often seen in games. We’ve also covered how geometries work in Three.js and you can now easily create your own geometries from the standard geometries provided by Three.js or by crafting them by hand.

In the next chapter, we’ll look at the various light sources that are available in Three.js. You’ll learn how the various light sources behave, how to create and configure them, and how they...